A standing seam metal roof is a premium roofing system used by millions in the United States. The standing seam metal roof will initially cost more than a typical asphalt shingle roofing system. However, an asphalt shingle roof will normally require two to three replacements throughout its lifetime. Longevity is one of the top reasons consumers report choosing metal roofing for their homes as metal roofs will never need replacement, allowing the metal roof to pay for itself.
A metal roof can also save you up to 40% on your annual energy costs. A typical asphalt roof will absorb heat, but a metal roof will reflect it, cooling your home and therefore lowering your need for air conditioning use which will lower your energy costs.
Metal roofing is also environmentally friendly. Most metal roofing is composed of a minimum 25% recycled material and can be installed directly on top of an asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste and promoting quick installation. A metal roof is also 100% recyclable when removed as part of building renovation or demolition.
A metal roof can also reduce insurance process and changes of structural damage in the unpredictable Colorado weather. By providing more protection, your home is less likely to require extensive and expensive insurance repairs and to cause expensive structural damage to the home. Through home appreciation, a metal roof can increase the resale value of your home more than traditional asphalt roofing.
Residential Metal Roofing Types
There are several types of standing seam metal roofs. There are double-lock, snap-loc and exposed fasteners. In our opinion the double lock standing seam metal roof is the best compared to the other types. A double lock standing seam metal roof has concealed fasteners, and individual panels that are mechanically seamed together. The concealed fasteners provide maintenance-free roofs while the mechanical seams insure that the roof is watertight, providing another layer of protection for your home.
RESIDENTIAL METAL ROOFING GAUGES
The metal that is used to manufacture these types of roofs comes in three different gauges: 24, 26, and 29 with 24 being the thickest gauge. We only use 24 gauge materials unless otherwise specified.
We offer several types of metal for our standing seam metal roofing systems:
Kynar500 Painted Metal
We also offer metal colors by:
Advantages of metal roofing
There are many advantages to using metal roofs as opposed to a different roof style. The seams used are a big advantage. With metal roofing, there’s fewer seams than traditional roofing. The tougher, more durable standing seams don’t allow for as many potential weak spots for moisture to creep in. There are also other advantages to metal roofing:
Expected life. If set up correctly, a metal roof should last as long as the house, keeping water out, surviving high winds, and also easily shedding snow. Metal is immune to fire, mildew, bugs, and rot.
Weight. Compared to the weight of ceramic tile at 750 pounds each square (an area equal to 100 square feet) or concrete floor tile at 900 pounds per square foot, metal roofing is extremely lightweight. Many range from 50 to 150 extra pounds per square foot. As a result of the product’s light weight, you can cut down on the metal roof installation work as well as building up the existing structure. If you’re constructing a house or adding onto your home, you can typically scale down or decrease the number of people needed for the metal roof installation.
There are some types of metal roof covering materials that can be applied over an existing roof, eliminating the need for tear-off or extra architectural assistance.
Rate & simplicity of metal roof installation. Most metal roofing products are available in multiple-shingle sections or in 12- to 36-inch-wide panels. An established contractor could mount these quickly. If your roof is removed the installation will be reduced by a day or two, providing a vital benefit. Reducing the time it takes for the roof installation will save you money as well as time.
Due to the fact that metal roof covering products are noncombustible, they typically have a Class A fire rating (the most fireproof rating). Most metal roofs used over a combustible product such as timber shingles have a lower, Class C score for this factor.
Heat conduction. Metal absorbs heat from the sunlight, lessening the odds your house will be hotter midday. This allows you to save on the energy required for air conditioning during the day. The material itself is low in insulation R-value, metal roofing could be applied over rigid-foam insulation that has extremely high R-values. In addition, lots of systems use a dead-air space between the metal and roof covering deck to enhance power effectiveness.
Marginal roofing pitch. Most metal roof covering materials could be set up on gently pitched roofs without dripping. Minimum roof covering pitch usually is 3-in-12 (the roofing system increases 3 inches for each and every straight foot).
Maximum dropping of rain and snow. Metal roofing is practically impervious to rain and snow because of the method the panels interlock. In addition, dark tones of metal roofing promptly warm in the snow, encouraging snow melt.
Disadvantages of metal roofing
There can be a few disadvantages to metal roofing. There are fewer roofing contractors who install metal roofing which can effect the cost of your roof installation. Also, there are specific pitch requirements for metal roofing and if you roof doesn’t meet those, a roofing contractor will not install a metal roof. Some other possible disadvantages are:
Cost. The largest downside. Metal roofing is equivalent in expense to other exceptional materials– from about $150 to $600 per square (100 square feet). Metal roofs have long-lasting durability, often times lasting as long as the house is standing. Due to this, you want to make sure you are going to live in the home long enough to get the return on your investment.
Noise. For some, the sound of rainfall on the roof is charming and homey. In a rainstorm or hailstorm, living under slim sheets of steel is bound to be noisier than living below thick slate or floor tile.
Denting. Just as your vehicle will dent if a golf ball strikes it, a metal roofing system could sustain damage if big hailstones drop on it. Some kinds are assured not to damage.
Marring & treatment. Some painted metal roof coatings can peel off, chip, fade, scratch, or chalk, although nearly all are assured for Thirty Years. Walking on some types, especially those with a granulated-stone surface, may cause wear and/or dents. Installers have to be careful not to scrape or damage the roofing throughout installation, as well as panels need to be treated. Unlike standard roof coverings, some metal roof shingles systems are mounted from the top down, eliminating the amount of time someone would have to walk on them.
Leaking. A metal roofing system must be installed appropriately to ensure no leaks are present. Roof coverings with revealed bolts are specifically at risk. If screws go through the flat surfaces (instead of the raised ridges), rain water can run down the roof covering and seep into the screw openings.
Expansion & contraction. Since steel expands and contracts as it warms up and cools, the majority of new metal roofing products have securing systems that allow movement. Otherwise, bolts that protect the roofing may come loose. Expanding and tightening on warm days could trigger a bumpy affect.
Adjustments. Metal roofing products set up in big panels are harder to change if damaged than single tiles. Likewise, if you remodel or add on to your residence 10 or 20 years from now, it may be challenging to match the material.
Residence fire. Metal roofs are great at protecting against a fire that comes from outside a home (such as from flying triggers and also embers).
Overall, metal roofing is the best alternative to save money. Give us a call for your residential metal roofing project quote today!